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James J. Gross received his B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. He is Professor of Psychology at Stanford and Director of the Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory. His research focuses on emotion and emotion regulation, and this research employs both experimental and individual-difference methods. His teaching includes introductory psychology as well as advanced seminars on emotion and emotion regulation. He is Director of the Psychology One Program, and supervises students at undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels. email website


Bee provides all administrative support to Profs Gross, Walton, Goodman and Thomas.  This also includes students and research groups in the areas of travel and human subject reimbursements, payments of invoices, verification of PCard and Travel card transactions.  She also handles domestic and foreign  travel arrangements and in-charge of ordering supplies in the area.  She process Visiting Student Researcher and Visiting Scholar paper works.

Bee has been with Stanford for 28 years,  from Department of Urology to Medicine and Pediatrics in the School of Medicine. When she is off from work, she loves to watch various concerts around the Bay Area.  She loves dogs and will stop, pet or sometimes talk to dogs that walk around campus. email

Hannah Overbye

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Hannah received her B.S. from the University of Illinois in May of 2019 with a double major in Psychology and Communication and is interested in computational social science research. She has worked with the lab as a volunteer research assistant at SPL at various times over the past two years and is the current Lab Manager of SPL. email

Sylvia Kreibig, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist at the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology with a focus on Affective Sciences from the University of Geneva, Switzerland under the direction of Drs. Klaus Scherer and Guido Gendolla and completed her postdoctoral training at Stanford University under the mentorship of Dr. James Gross. The overarching aim of her research is to better understand how emotions impact mental and physical health and how emotion regulation can be used to improve our health. Core facets of her research address the role of appraisals in generating and differentiating emotions and the use of cognitive reappraisal for regulating emotions. Sylvia uses psychophysiological and neuroimaging methods in her research. Sylvia has most recently become interested in exploring the role of emotion dysregulation (during wake time) in disorders expressed during sleep. email website

Postdoctoral Fellows

Anat Talmon is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. She finished her Ph.D. in Social Work from Tel Aviv University under the supervision of Prof. Karni Ginzburg. Her research focuses on the long-term implications of childhood maltreatment on both adult survivors’ body and mind. Specifically, she studies self-objectification and disrupted body identity among survivors of childhood maltreatment, and its detrimental effects on the survivors’ adjustment in general, and during specific phases of the life cycle, such as the transition to motherhood and aging. She received postdoctoral fellowships from the Haruv Institute and from the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) aimed to examine sleep disorders in the shadow of childhood maltreatment. email

Arber received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Yale University. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. Arber studies moral decision-making and how it unfolds in real time (seconds to minutes) and developmental time (months to years) with the ultimate goal of uncovering the origins of morality and clarifying how and why people vary in their moral thinking and behavior. email website

Chris is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. He completed his PhD in social and personality psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Chris is interested in how social identity threat and a sense of belonging influence emotions, emotion regulation, and motivation. He often conducts field intervention studies in educational contexts to investigate ways to promote identity safety and social belonging. A major focus of this research has been developing psychological insights to increase equity in educational outcomes between students from more advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds. email website

Craig primarily studies the brain's in-vivo functional connectivity, but has experience with [1] FSL and AFNI-based general linear modeling, [2] Bayesian statistics, [3] structural equation modeling, [4] seed-based connectivity analyses, [5] independent component analyses, [6] principal components and factor analyses [7] graph theoretical models, as well as [8] classification and prediction models. Craig earned his doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota in 2014 and his research primarily explored connectivity models in clinical and cognitive neuroscience. Craig is currently using his expertise to build up SPL’s technical infrastructure, and to assist with analyses of the neural processes underlying emotional regulation. He is also leading the development, implementation and ongoing operations of several new imaging projects with various collaborators. email

Lameese is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis under the mentorship of Dr. Tammy English. She uses survey, experience sampling, and experimental methods to examine the factors that predict how people regulate their emotions and how emotion regulation’s affective and social consequences vary across persons and contexts. She received a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation to extend her work to a more applied domain, cancer caregiving, where she is examining the impact of caregiver emotion regulation on caregiver and patient health. email

Matt is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. His research uses functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate the neural basis of emotion regulation deficits and aberrant self-referential processing in social anxiety disorder. Another line of research involves building a theoretical model of motivation from a distributed and hierarchical valuations systems perspective. Other research interests include mindfulness, cognitive control, and brain network analyses, with a focus on the default mode network and frontoparietal control network. email


Pardis Miri,  PhD, recently received her doctorate in the area of human computer interaction from University of  California Santa Cruz. As a PhD student, she spent the last 3 years of her training at Stanford University under the supervision of Dr. Marzullo, Dr. Gross, and Dr. Isbister. For her dissertation, she took a multidisciplinary approach in using technology for affect regulation. More specifically, she explored the placement and pattern, and personalization of a vibrotactile breathing pacer system that she developed during her graduate studies. Her work was funded by the National Science Foundation and Intel labs. Prior to being a Ph.D. student, Miri earned her Master’s degree in computer science from the University of California San Diego in the area of Systems and Networking. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University conducting research in using vibrotactile technology to aid affect regulation in neurotypical and neurodiverse populations. email project website LinkedIn.


Graduate Students

Jinxiao is a graduate student in the Psychology Department. His research interest generally lies in how the "emotion system" and the "cognition system" interplay with each other. Specifically, he is interested in how cognitive control can modulate emotion processes as well as how emotion can affect cognitive processes. He is also interested in how the emotion-cognition interaction relates to psychological health. He uses neuroimaging, physiological, eye-tracking, and behavioral methods to investigate these research questions. In his recent work, he studies how sleep influences emotion regulation and other emotional processes. He is a big fan of interdisciplinary research (psychological, biochemical, and computational) and open science practice. email website

Ashish is a first-year PhD student in the Psychology Department. Ashish’s past research has consisted of examining contextual factors that give rise to particular emotion regulation strategy choices. Additionally, he is curious about how the interaction of context and individual differences predict short- and long-term outcomes. These projects facilitate his distal goal of using technology to bring targeted mental health assistance to the masses. Apart from thinking about human emotion, Ashish enjoys geeking out over computer science, philosophy, and (layman’s) theoretical physics. email

Daniel is a sixth-year graduate student in the Psychology Department. He received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in Psychology and English and completed part of his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan. He studies the psychosocial mechanisms that enable successful self-regulation and is particularly interested in the role that affect, self-efficacy, and socioeconomic status play in healthy decision-making. He uses a combination of lab-based methods, machine learning, and path analysis to study these issues. Current work also includes designing interventions to improve self-control. Send him an email to hear more about his work or if you are interested in getting involved with his research team, the Self-Control Research Group (SCRG). email

Maia ten Brink is a fourth year Psychology graduate student in the Affective Science area mentored by James Gross and Rachel Manber. She uses polysomnography, actigraphy, EEG, psychophysiology, ecological momentary assessments, virtual reality, and self-report methods to study how sleep interacts with emotions and beliefs in adults and adolescents. She is interested in the temporal dynamics of sleep and mood; beliefs and mindsets surrounding sleep; subjective experiences of sleep and fatigue; developmental changes in affect regulation; brain and physiological mechanisms impacting overnight changes in affect; and the neural processes underlying sleep symptoms across multiple forms of psychopathology. Send an email to hear more about her research or if you are interested in collaboration or in getting involved in sleep and emotion research as part of her team. email website


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